Dr. Ilke Borowski-Maaser

Environmental engineer [Dipl-Ing. Umwelttechnik] mediator, facilitator

I am an environmental engineer with long years of experience in collaborative processes.

My way of working is…


I help my clients to see the wood as well as the trees. Merging and balancing different, sometimes even competing interests is most essential to me.

…pragmatic, specific, flexible

My aim is to provide well-functioning processes and events. “Well-functioning” means that the results have the format required by the client. I adapt my methods to the required results. Be it focus-group tests, speed-dating, world-café, conflict management, role-play set-ups or other tools: I always select and combine methods to provide for well-functioning processes.

… collaborative

The knowledge and experience of the participants is the basis of the process. I listen and paraphrase – much so at the interface between science and practice. I provide the necessary framework for this process, so that everybody’s contributions are appropriately considered and become a part of the solution.


  • since 2019

    registered expert of the regional funding programme "Zukunfts(t)räume Niedersachsen"

  • 2006-2008

    Training as mediator for public planning and for work-related conflicts at the Center für lebenslanges Lernen, Universität Oldenburg

  • 2002 - 2008

    PhD Thesis at Institute of Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrueck, Germany. (Supervisor: Prof. C. Pahl Wostl) Subject: Social learning in participatory water management processes on international level. Degree: Dr. rer. nat.

  • 1993 - 2001

    Studies of Environmental Technology with focus on sustainable water management, soil remediation and sound protection. Degree: Dipl-Ing.

  • 1990 - 1993

    Training as expert in wastewater treatment. Degree: Ver- und Entsorgerin with the Stadtverwaltung Osnabrück

  • since 1990

    ongoing training as faciliator for larger groups


  • 2012

    Starting up „Interessen Im Fluss“

  • 2010 - 2012

    Senior Consultant at seeconsult GmbH I developed and implemented participatory processes in European research projects. My own research focused on the improvement of water management. This included the implementation of innovative concepts such as resilience to improve climate change adaptation.

  • 2002 - 2009

    Research and project manager at the Institute of Environmental Systems Research, RG Resource Management, University of Osnabrück

  • 2001 - 2002

    Research associate for the Umweltbundesamt, Fachgebiet II 3.1 „Übergreifende Angelegenheiten der Wasserwirtschaft & Grundwasserschutz“

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